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Iowa Senate adjourns, reconvenes; will meet again Friday

DES MOINES — You could say the Iowa Legislature is halfway to adjourning its 2014 session.

The House passed a sine die resolution ending its 108-day session at 5:54 a.m. today. The Senate adjourned only briefly and is expected to reco [...]

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Iowa law enforcement academy administrator retires amid pressure

The assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced this week he will retire amid pressure from a lawmaker concerning complaints the administrator made inappropriate comments to female students and co-workers.

Mike Quinn, 71 [...]

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Iowa House votes to make more employee settlement information public

On a party line vote, Iowa House Democrats unsuccessfully tried to write Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s executive order banning confidentiality agreements into law.

They suggested GOP-backed legislation to ban non-disclosure clauses in set [...]

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Iowa Senate passes education budget bill

The Iowa Senate voted Monday to approve a $986 million education budget for fiscal 2015 that would cover a tuition freeze at state universities, fund K-12 education reforms with $49 million and boost operating money for community colleges by $8 mi [...]

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Iowa Senate sends radon, crossbow bills to governor

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday accepted a scaled-down effort to raise awareness among schools officials of the potential harmful health threats posed by the presence of radon gas in their buildings.

Senators voted 39-10 to send Senate File 366 t [...]

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Branstad: No 'hush money' for state employees' silence

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he is standing by a top administrator who told lawmakers no extra “hush money” was paid to laid-off state employees to buy their silence concerning settlement agreements as part of a state agency’s reorganization. continue »

Federal law on corporate donations likely factor in Supreme Court rejecting Iowa case

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to an Iowa campaign finance case that campaign finance experts say is likely due to similar federal stances on the issue.

Iowa Right to Life v. Tooker challenged the state's ban on [...]

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Gaming commission takes in 6 hours of pros, cons of Cedar Rapids casino

CEDAR RAPIDS — In two weeks we’ll know.

The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission came to Cedar Rapids on Thursday, visited the site of the proposed Cedar Crossing Casino and then listened to some four hours of public comment for and against the p [...]

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Iowa senator wants information about Branstad’s allegations of state employee abuse

A Democratic state senator on Wednesday asked Republican Gov. Terry Branstad to provide specifics on incidents of elder abuse, child abuse and sexual misconduct involving state employees that the governor cited in comments to reporters earlier in [...]

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Oversight chair wants to hear from Iowa agencies that offered secret settlements, not employees

As his Senate counterparts prepared to hear from former state employees who were offered “hush money” to sign secret settlements ending their employment with the state, House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Kevin Koester said it’s more imp [...]

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Iowa Senate passes elder abuse, renewable energy bills

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to bolster financial protections for vulnerable seniors and to extend and expand incentives to keep Iowa a leader in renewable energy.

Senators voted 48-0 to approve a uniform power of attorney act [...]

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Republicans: Braley disses farmers, Grassley

Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley apologized Tuesday for comments at a fundraiser at a Texas law firm in which he said if Republicans took control of the Senate, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,” wou [...]

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Iowa Legislature leaders say prospects for gas tax increase dimming

Prospects of raising more revenue for Iowa’s transportation infrastructure this year seemed to have dimmed, according to Iowa legislative leaders who said Thursday there has been little movement toward forming the kind of broad, bipartisan support [...]

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Former Iowa senator McKibben endorses Ernst

State sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, announced she has received the endorsement of former state Sen. Larry McKibben of Marshalltown in her bid for the Republicans U.S. Senate nominatikon.

“Joni is the only candidate with a proven conservative r [...]

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Iowa Senate approves anti-bullying legislation

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate voted 26-19 on Tuesday to approve a measure designed to make schools safer by strengthening policies to curtail bullying and harassment of students.

Senate File 2318 included provisions requiring educator trainin [...]

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